Access to HE Online Diploma in Psychology

Gain the skills and qualifications you need to get onto a Psychology course at university to begin your career in the NHS or other related healthcare organisations.

If you live in England, you might be able to do this course for FREE, see the ‘Additional Information’ section for more details.


Apply today and our team will confirm if you could qualify for a free place, with no obligation. 

If you are aged 19 or over, this Access to HE Online Diploma in Psychology gives you a brand new, convenient, and affordable way to study for your qualification online.

This course is designed for anyone wanting to progress into a career in psychology. You can progress on to higher education to study for some of the various roles that come under the banner of psychology professions, including: a clinical psychologist, counselling psychologist, education psychologist, forensic psychologist, occupational therapist, and sport and exercise psychologist.

On successful completion of the Diploma you will achieve an Access to HE Diploma in Psychology.

Key programme features:

Access to Higher Education qualifications are nationally-recognised, one-year, intensive Level 3 courses. They are a fast-track route to gaining the skills and qualifications you need to study at university and begin the career you are dreaming of.

This online learning course means that you can study for a change of career, or a return to education, at times that suit you. It has also been specially designed for adult learners that are aged 19 or over, who do not currently meet the necessary entry requirements for a university course, or who have been out of education for some time.

The course is validated and moderated by Ascentis under license from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and comprises of 60 credits, of which 45 are graded and 15 are ungraded. You will study towards 3 credits in Preparing to Progress, 3 credits in academic writing, and 54 credits in the three subjects: Psychology, Biology and Sociology.

Benefits of studying with Activate Learning:

  • Designed exclusively for adults (19+)
  • Supportive environment provided through tutors with subject expertise
  • Guidance webinars for every module
  • Help and guidance on writing your personal statement and completing your UCAS application
  • One-year programme equivalent to three A Levels, allowing you to achieve the qualification you need to enter university
  • Flexible learning enabling you to study whilst working and around personal commitments
  • Widely recognised and accepted qualification by UK universities

Funding your course

Advanced Learner Loans are available. If you pay with an Adult Learner Loan and progress directly to university after this course, the government will write off your loan!

Please read the ‘additional information’ section below for details about funding that you may be entitled to.

The main aim of this course is to prepare students for study at university. Students will receive subject-specific study skills preparation, as well as tuition in subjects that are relevant to their chosen degree course.

We would advise you to check with your chosen University to ensure they accept these units for your chosen course before you apply.

You will study modules covering Introduction to Cell Biology, Aspects of Human Physiology, Human reproductive Biology, Biomolecules, Introduction to Psychology, Child Development, Psychological Investigation, and Psychological Perspective and Behaviours, Introduction to Sociology, Families and Households, Health and illness, Poverty and Sociological Theories.

Teaching will be delivered by way of self-directed learning with access to regular tutor support. Additional webinars and online forums for group discussions are also available throughout your studies. You will be assessed through coursework. All assessments are internally and externally verified through a rigorous and robust process to ensure all grading is consistent, fair and provides developmental feedback.

As well as developing subject knowledge, you will improve your communication, personal, and study skills, through a core programme that also provides one-to-one tutorial support.

One subject will be covered at a time and a tutor with specialist subject knowledge will be assigned to guide and support you on your learning journey. Although the workload of the course is intensive, it is structured in a way that recognizes the pressures on adult learners. Many students successfully balance a healthy work/home life whilst studying the course.

Activate Learning has helped over 3,000 Access to HE students progress on to university. OFSTED rated us ‘good’ in December 2017, with many outstanding features for our Access programmes.

Recognised by universities across the country, an Access to HE qualification is your stepping-stone to higher education and the career of your dreams.

As well as developing subject knowledge, you will improve your communication, personal, and study skills through a core programme that also provides one-to-one tutorial support.

This course is designed for anyone wanting to progress into a career in psychology. You can progress on to higher education to study for some of the various roles that come under the banner of psychology professions, including: a clinical psychologist, counselling psychologist, education psychologist, forensic psychologist, occupational therapist, and sport and exercise psychologist.

  • Aged 19+ at the start of the academic year
  • You must be living in the UK
  • Have been out of full-time education for a year
  • Already hold a Grade 4 (C) or above in GCSE maths and GCSE English Language or equivalent such as Functional Skills Level 2. If you hold international qualifications, we can assess these to see if you meet the criteria!
  • Passing an entry assessment in maths and English.

*For your application to be processed, we need to see your official certificates. These can be requested from the awarding body if you no longer have them.

You will be unable to study maths and/or English GCSEs alongside the course. 

You will have a numeracy and literacy assessment to check your suitability to study at Level 3. Don’t worry, most students are successful in the assessment process.

Some degrees require that you have some relevant paid or voluntary work experience, and this will also be checked at the interview. Applicants are strongly advised to check degree entry requirements with prospective universities before applying.

There is a wide range of support available at the college for students, including financial support.

Funding Options:

To be eligible for funding, you will need to live in England. Anyone in Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland will need to self-fund the course. 

Level 3 Entitlement fee remission: If you are aged 19-23 and do not hold a prior full Level 3 qualification, you may be eligible to study the course for free. This would also depend on your location within the UK, but we would check this for you during your application process. 

19+ Advanced Learner Loan: If you are aged over 23, or you are 19-23 with a full Level 3 qualification, you can fund the course with the Advanced Learner Loan supplied by Student Finance England. This loan will be wiped from your records if you progress to university and complete your studies! If you do not progress to university or a higher education course, you will not need to start paying back the loan until you earn over £25,725.00. 

Remember: If you go on to study at university and complete a degree, the loan for your Access course is written off by the government.

Once you submit your application with us and we have seen proof of your maths and English qualifications, you will receive an initial literacy and numeracy test by email to check your suitability to study at Level 3.

But don’t worry, most students are successful in this! If you pass, you will then receive an offer for the course along with relevant funding information.

Why Banbury and Bicester College?

  • Clear routes of progression with qualifications ranging from foundation level to degree level!
  • Industry experienced teaching staff give you the responsibility and independence you need to take charge of your own future.
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    Rated "good with outstanding areas" by Ofsted in 2018

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